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    [Tdol's Blog] Aitch & Haitch

    Aitch & Haitch



    There's an article on the BBC website that suggests that the pronunciation haitch for the letter H is gaining ground among younger speakers. There are many contentious issues in the English language, but I can't think of one that is as venomous as the pronunciation of this letter, with people on both sides expressing hate for the other.







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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Aitch & Haitch

    Hif you have read some hof my contributions to hother threads, you will have realised that Hi am fairly liberal hin my attitude to neologisms, changes hin usage, new pronunciations, hetc.

    Has han hopen-minded, tolerant liberal, Hi have no hesitation hat hall hin saying that people who refer to the heighth letter hof the alphabet has haitch should have their tongues hacked hout hand sliced thinly hin front hof their heyes. Hanyone who disagrees with this considered hopinion should suffer similar punishment.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Aitch & Haitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There are many contentious issues in the English language, but I can't think of one that is as venomous as the pronunciation of this letter, with people on both sides expressing hate for the other.
    or 'ate for each, as the case may be.
    I have no venom for haitch-sayers, but I say 'aitch', as do all educated and compliant Australians of my age. The point in the article about hypercorrectness is probably right.
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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Aitch & Haitch

    Isn't "haitch" Irish?

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Aitch & Haitch

    Many regions and groups use it- I think quite a lot of it is class, which could account for the strength of feeling about the issue. It's very common in London, for instance.

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